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Rocky Mountain Power donates $311,500 to support children, homeless, seniors amid COVID-19

(Wyoming Rescue Mission, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Rocky Mountain Power said in a Friday, April 3 press release that their charitable arm has committed $311,500 to community organizations in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho.

“Food banks and other critical community organizations serving those in need are under tremendous strain,” RMP Vice President for Wyoming Sharon Fain said in the release. “The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is committed to supporting these vital community organizations that depend on contributions to provide much needed services.”

The donation will be shared among the following organizations across the three states:

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“Community organizations are currently facing unprecedented challenges and demand for vital services,” the release states. “From providing free meals for children during school closures to deploying resources and support to small businesses and care for seniors, community-based groups throughout the Rocky Mountain region have put out a call for assistance to support local COVID-19 initiatives.”

The Wyoming Rescue Mission thanked RMP for their support in the release.

“We are extremely grateful for this incredible generosity in these very challenging times,” Executive Director Brad Hopkins said. “Rocky Mountain Power’s generosity in this critical time will lead the way in restoring our neighbors in need.”

RMP added that they have suspended service disconnections due to non-payment to support businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. They’ve also decided to waive late fees and say they are offering “flexible payment arrangements and referrals to resources made available through the government aid package.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.

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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.